Cheney ‘interfered directly’ to get terror plea bargain

Vice President Dick Cheney cut a deal with the prime minister of Australia to orchestrate a plea bargain with an Australian terror suspect that would keep him out of sight until after Australia’s national elections next month, an Australian television station reported.

Cheney “interfered directly” to secure Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks’ guilty plea to material support for terrorism, the Australian Broadcasting Company reported Tuesday. Cheney’s intervention, according to a Harper’s article cited by the ABC, was “part of a deal” with Prime Minister John Howard, who is facing a re-election fight next month.

Howard denies the deal.

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